The following is a guest post by Jeff Aaron, VP of Marketing at Silver Peak


While many organizations have already deployed Silver Peak’s replication acceleration with Dell storage, the two companies wanted to go one step further and perform comprehensive testing of the combined Silver Peak and Dell Compellent solution.  

The results were more than compelling (bad pun intended). Our joint testing showed that Silver Peak addressed many of the problems inherent in the wide area network (WAN) that affect replication, resulting in up to 30X improvement in replication times for Compellent remote instant replay.

We conducted hundreds of tests, but as an example, we tested a (typical) 155 megabit-per-second (Mbps) WAN and simulated replication between Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas (40 milliseconds of latency). Without Silver Peak, the time required to replicate a 200 gigabyte (GB) dataset was 13 hours, potentially causing a customer to miss their RPO. With Silver Peak, the replication time was reduced to 30 minutes, well within a customer’s replication window.

Another outcome of our joint testing was simplifying the deployment of the Silver Peak and Compellent solution. Normally, there would be many touch-points for deploying a solution like this – including the storage team, networking team, network provider, and others in the IT organization. With Silver Peak and Dell Compellent, deployment takes just minutes.  Here is a video showing how.

Denali Federal Credit Union is a perfect example of the above.  They improved replication performance by over 66 percent with Silver Peak and Dell Compellent. Prior to deploying the joint solution, replication of a 50 GB dataset between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska was taking 11 hours. After deploying Silver Peak, replication times were reduced to less than five hours.

Travis Rupp, associate vice president of project management at Denali said it best, “Silver Peak’s software is really simple to set up. We met our recovery point objectives without doing any special tweaks to the network or datasets, which really makes Silver Peak stand out.”

Want more information?  Visit Silver Peak’s Compellent landing page.   (If you’re an EqualLogic customer, don’t fret, we have a resource center for EqualLogic too.)

There is also great Silver Peak information on Silver Peak’s Wiki section of the Dell Tech Center


Finally, register for the webcast on Remote Data Replication with Dell Compellent & Silver Peak on May 8th, 2013.